Archive for March, 2010

Operation National Anthem

It’s called Operation National Anthem and it should be as important to all American Citizens as it is to our Veterans and active Military.  Please do me and yourself a favor and watch this important message.  Find it here.  If you can arrange to have this short recording played at your community meetings and/or school sporting events wherever the Anthem is played, my fellow Veterans and I would greatly appreciate it.  If you don’t care for the first recording near the top, scroll down near the bottom of the page for a dozen military members to select from.  Help us in our effort to bring back the pride, dignity and patriotism in our Country and our National Anthem that we Americans and military veterans still very much believe in.  Please!  And may He bless and watch over us all in these trying times.  Amen.

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“Real” Plastic Guns?

Evidently a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (BATF) Special Agent believes that using an Airsoft Toy Gun, one can upgrade it to fire actual “live” ammunition. See the video here. Don’t we have enough underworked and overpaid bureaucrats doing nothing at the taxpayer’s expense without putting up with more nonsense such as this? Unbelievable!!!

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The Truth About Health Care

If you haven’t seen this yet, spend the 8 minutes to educate yourself on the Obamacare plan.  It should be of extreme interest to all.  Find it here.

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Obamacare?

I guess it’s like the latest “hit movie” being pushed on the television and radio, repeat it often enough and hopefully enough people will actually believe the hype!  The same thing that is being done around “Obamacare”.  Repeat it often and loud enough and maybe we’ll swallow that rhetoric also!  Enough already!

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Ann Margret and “one of my gentlemen”

Ann Margret…. A Reunion with One of Her Gentlemen
 

Viet Nam 1966

Richard, (my husband), never really talked a lot about his time in Viet Nam other than he had been shot by a sniper.  However, he had a rather grainy, 8 x 10 black and white photo he had taken at a USO show of Ann Margret with Bob Hope in the background that was one of his treasures.

A few years ago, Ann Margret was doing a book signing at a local bookstore.  Richard wanted to see if he could get her to sign the treasured photo so he arrived at the bookstore at 12 o’clock for the 7:30 signing.

When I got there after work, the line went all the way around the bookstore, circled the parking lot and disappeared behind a parking garage.  Before her appearance, bookstore employees announced that she would sign only her book and no memorabilia would be permitted.

Richard was disappointed, but wanted to show her the photo and let her know how much those shows meant to lonely GI’s so far from home.  Ann Margret came out looking as beautiful as ever and, as second in line, it was soon Richard’s turn.

He presented the book for her signature and then took out the photo.  When he did, there were many shouts from the employees that she would not sign it.  Richard said, ‘I understand.  I just wanted her to see it.’

She took one look at the photo, tears welled up in her eyes and she said, ‘This is one of my gentlemen from Viet Nam and I most certainly will sign his photo.  I know what these men did for their country and I always have time for ‘my gentlemen.’

With that, she pulled Richard across the table and planted a big kiss on him.  She then made quite a to-do about the bravery of the young men she met over the years, how much she admired them, and how much she appreciated them.  There weren’t too many dry eyes among those close enough to hear.  She then posed for pictures and acted as if he were the only one there.

Later at dinner, Richard was very quiet.  When I asked if he’d like to talk about it, my big strong husband broke down in tears.  ‘That’s the first time anyone ever thanked me for my time in the Army,’ he said.

That night was a turning point for him.  He walked a little straighter and, for the first time in years, was proud to have been a Vet.  I’ll never forget Ann Margret for her graciousness and how much that small act of kindness meant to my husband.

I now make it a point to say ‘Thank you’ to every person I come across  who served in our Armed Forces.  Freedom does not come cheap and I am grateful for all those who have served their country.

If you’d like to pass on this story, feel free to do so.  Perhaps it will help others to become aware of how important it is to acknowledge the contribution our service people make. 

On  behalf of those who DO appreciate all that you did for us, thank you to each of you who receive this message who have served or are serving our country in the armed services or any other service.

And may He bless all of us!

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